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“… AND I PLAN TO STICK AROUND”

By Amy Lazenby || After a several month hiatus, I’m returning to FITSNews as Associate Opinion Editor.

Last summer, my family moved to Athens, Georgia when my husband decided to expand his law practice, which remains headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. I choose to live in Athens because of the opportunities the city affords my children, but as a native South Carolinian who loves the state I was born in and called home for my entire life, I continue to be deeply involved in Palmetto politics. I also own a home, a business, and have family in South Carolina, so for me, politics in this state will always be personal.

Over the past several months, I have been consulting with Palmetto State lawmakers from both parties, as well as some non-profit entities, on a variety of political issues that are important to me. I travel to Columbia on a weekly basis to meet with legislators and advocacy groups in an effort to advance bills that I believe to be in the public interest, and I will continue to do so.

I also closely follow the national political winds as they blow through the southeast.

My real passion, however, and the way I hope to be the most effective in helping to advance the legislation that I believe in, is writing. Most recently, I published a column in The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper encouraging the passage of a bill introduced by Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg) that would give prosecutors in South Carolina better tools to combat criminal domestic violence.

It is that passion – and a desire to make a real difference in the state and nation that I love – that has brought me back to FITSNews.

While FITS editor Will Folks and I retain fundamental differences in thought on how government can best serve the people, we are able to find common ground on many issues. More often than not, however, we disagree. It is that counter-balance that I wish to bring back to FITSNews – for it is only in viewing an issue from multiple vantage points that we can truly understand it and chart the best course forward.

Will has graciously offered me this platform to share my opinions – and spar with him – on current political events in South Carolina and the nation, and I gratefully accept. I’m back, and I plan to stick around.

Someone has to keep an eye on “Sic Willie,” after all.

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Amy Lazenby is the Associate Opinion Editor for FITSNews. Contact her at amy@fitsnews.com and follow her on Twitter @Mrs_Laz.